Maggie Hanneman

Maggie Hanneman follows in family’s footsteps

Teaching is in Maggie Hanneman’s blood.

Maggie’s grandfather was a teacher and coach his whole life, and her mother has been a teacher since she can remember.

“I had my mom as a preschool teacher,” Maggie said. “I’m sure she’d love it if I taught preschool too.”

Having teachers as role models made Maggie want to be a teacher from a young age. Most of her free time as a child was spent playing school with her friends and dolls, or reading and teaching math to her younger brother.

Teachers outside of the family were influential in Maggie’s life, too. Mr. Miller, her first grade teacher, encouraged her through elementary school and beyond.

“[Mr. Miller] made an incredible impact on my life,” she said. “I was dealing with a lot of anxiety in elementary school, and he helped me get through that. I still keep in touch with him.”

Maggie takes the lessons from the teachers and professors in her life to prepare for having a classroom of her own someday. She is currently a sophomore in elementary education and is set on teaching Kindergarten when she graduates.

“[Young kids] are so innocent and love everything about school. I’d love to be the person who starts their education and their foundation,” Maggie said.

Being a College of Human Sciences Ambassador also helps prepare Maggie for life as a teacher. As an ambassador, she has the opportunity to guide prospective and undecided students as they begin their journeys at Iowa State. She also works with students’ families as they navigate college with their children.

“I’ve developed my communication skills a lot through [being an ambassador],” Maggie said. “When you’re teaching, it’s important to be able to communicate with not only someone who’s five, but their whole family.”

As Maggie continues her studies, her pure love of children continues to affirm that she made the right decision to teach.

“I really enjoy being around kids and their families, and watching them develop and grow,” she said. “It’s never felt like work to me.”